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Non-canonical subjects in clauses with noun predicates*

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate Italian constructions like <i>Gli prese paura</i> &#8216;he got scared&#8217; (lit. &#8216;himDAT took fear&#8217;). Their crucial property is the combination of the light verb <i>prendere</i> with a dative experiencer which displays syntactic subject behaviour. The analysis, in the multistratal framework of Relational Grammar, leads to the assumption of impersonal &#8220;inversion&#8221; structures. Parallels, with lexical variation of the light verb, are found in other Romance languages.

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